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Inula Essential Oil

  • Distillation Method: Steam
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Plant Part: Flower
  • Latin Name: Dittrichia gravolens
  • Cultivation: Naturally Grown

About the Oil: Inula essential oil is calming and relaxing and is a wonderful lung support for healthy upper respirations. Its rich aroma is unique and lovely, absolutely unmatched by any other essential oil.

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Drops per ml
Blending Tips 42
Chemical Families
Monoterpenes 44.19%
Esters 36.05%
Sesquiterpenols 11.03%
Primary Constituents
borneol 37.38%
bornyl acetate 32.97%
tau cadinol 3.94%
camphene 3.03%
beta caryophyllene 2.95%


Product Description

About The Plant

Inula Graveolens is part of a a large genus of about 90 species of flowering plants in the Asteraceae family native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. The plants are tall and coarse having daisy-like yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinally. They are mostly perennial and vary greatly in size, from small species a few centimeters tall to enormous perennials over 3 meters tall. Our Inula essential oil is steam distilled from the roots of Inula graveolens, producing a very unique essential oil in terms of aroma, color and most importantly, therapeutics.

About The Oil

Inula essential oil is steam distilled from the roots of Inula graveolens, producing a very unique essential oil in terms of aroma, color and most importantly, therapeutics. To help move out a cold or infection, it is crucial that mucous be broken down, and Inula does this with very small amounts. It the aromatherapy texts, it is mentioned that the concentration necessary is only at odor threshold and no more—so if one can smell it, it should have the desired effect. The oil's cineol aroma is accompanied by pleasant floral notes.

Therapeutic Properties


From Francine Milford’s Advanced Holistic Aromatherapy1:

Cardiac tonic

From Julia Lawless’ The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils2:

Traditionally used for respiratory conditions – asthma, bronchitis, cough
Aids digestion & intestinal issues


The main constituents of inula essential oil are borneol and bornyl acetate, which each have their own unique properties that give inula its therapeutic characteristics, including:

Cardiovascular support8


Borneol was shown to have significant pain-blocking and anti-inflammatory effects in a study on mice.3
Another study in mice found that bornyl acetate has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic activites as well.4
A borneol gel applied to oral wounds in rats had anti-inflammatory effects and promoted wound healing.5
Bornyl acetate was shown to significantly reduce lung inflammatory responses in mice and may be useful "as a preventive agent for lung inflammatory diseases."6
Bornyl acetate had a significant effect on increasing natural human anti-inflammatory modulators in vitro. The researchers propose that these results "suggest the therapeutic potentials of bornyl acetate in patients with [osteoarthritis]".7
Borneol was found to have biological action that reduces blood clotting and may be beneficial for cardiovascular health.8



Direct inhalation, diffuser
Inula is the premier essential oil for loosening unproductive coughs. While costly, only small amounts are necessary to produce the desired effects. More than likely, the required result can be achieved by simply having the user inhale directly from the bottle, without further diffusion or blending. One of the great features of a high quality Inula is the pleasantness with which this occurs; the aroma is not overly medicinal and makes one want to come back for more.
In the aromatherapy texts, it is mentioned that the concentration necessary is only at odor threshold and no more – so if one can smell it, it should have the desired effect.
Sweet Inula helps to relax and can be sleep support for those times when the mind needs to be quiet.


Dilute 1:100 in hazelnut oil for oily skin and blemishes.



Aromatherapy Details

Inula essential oil is a middle note with fresh, camphoraceous, earthy and sweet tones.

Blends well with Yarrow, Bay Laurel, Lavender.


Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

It is also a very "hot" oil, and should not be allowed to come into direct contact with mucous membranes. Inula graveolens should not be interchanged with Inula helenium; helenium is considered one of the most dangerous oils available for aromatherapy despite its antimicrobial effects.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.


1. Francine Milford. Advanced Holistic Aromatherapy. Aroma~Care Books, 2011.

2.Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

3. Jackson Roberto Guedes da Silva Almeida, Grasielly Rocha Souza, Juliane Cabral Silva, et al., “Borneol, a Bicyclic Monoterpene Alcohol, Reduces Nociceptive Behavior and Inflammatory Response in Mice,” The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2013, Article ID 808460, 5 pages, 2013.

4. Wu, Xiaosong, et al. “Studies on the Analgesic and Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Bornyl Acetate in Volatile Oil from Amomum Villosum.” Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials, vol. 27, no. 6, 1 June 2004, pp. 438–439.

5. do Nascimento-Júnior, Braz José, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory and Healing Action of Oral Gel Containing Borneol Monoterpene in Chemotherapy-Induced Mucositis in Rats (Rattus Norvegicus ).” Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 53, no. 3, 2017, doi:10.1590/s2175-97902017000300081.

6. Chen, Na, et al. “Inhibition of Lung Inflammatory Responses by Bornyl Acetate Is Correlated with Regulation of Myeloperoxidase Activity.” Journal of Surgical Research, vol. 186, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 436–445., doi:10.1016/j.jss.2013.09.003.

7. Yang, He, et al. “Bornyl Acetate Has an Anti-Inflammatory Effect in Human Chondrocytes via Induction of IL-11.” IUBMB Life, vol. 66, no. 12, Dec. 2014, pp. 854–859., doi:10.1002/iub.1338.

8. Li, Yan-Hong, et al. “The Antithrombotic Effect of Borneol Related to Its Anticoagulant Property.” The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, vol. 36, no. 04, 2008, pp. 719–727., doi:10.1142/s0192415x08006181.

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